At the Boulder Java User Group meeting this evening Martin Fowler noted
the word Architecture is just a puffed-up way to talk about design. It isn't just design, it's architecture.
A short note to add a to a tangent in Chris Winter's Perfection and organic growth.
I also have a suspicion that lots of other types of designers -- architects, urban planners, automobiles -- have these same sort of overdesign tendencies. But because their constructs are real and have a substantial cost associated with tearing them down they have to confront the unlimited possibilities demon earlier.
The art of constructing buildings has been going on for more than three thousand years. That's a lot of time to refine the art.